3-year-old boy shot, killed while playing with gun on Detroit's east side

DETROIT – Three-year-old Elijah Walker, of Detroit was shot and killed Monday while playing with a gun at a home in the 16000 block of Eastwood Avenue near Kelly Road on the city's east side.

Local 4 has learned the toddler and an 11-year-old boy were playing with a gun in a yard when the 11-year-old shot the 3-year-old in the face.

Police say one of the boys had found the gun.

"It looks like an accidental shooting of a 3-year-old. We've got the mother, we conveyed the mother to the hospital. We've recovered a weapon," said Asst. Police Chief Steve Dolunt.

Asst. Police Chief Lashinda Stair said the weapon is a handgun.

"The (children) were in the rear of the family home ... we're not clear on exactly what happened right now, but the 3-year-old was shot in the area of the head. The mother placed the call to 911," said Stair.

Neighbors heard the gunshot.

"We thought it was a firecracker, though," said Barbara Willis.

Willis was cutting her lawn across the street. She ran when she heard screaming.

"I was crying because I had never seen anything like that ... I will keep (his family) in my prayers," she said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses. You can donate right here.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit and Local 4 for more information on this developing story.